Largest Brick-world record set by Baby Clay
[Nov 28]FORTH WORTH,TX,USA-- Baby Clay, a 116 inches long (9 ft.
8 in.) brick created by Acme Brick, has set the world record for
the Largest brick.
This “baby” sets all kinds of records because
he weighs in at over three tons and is 116 inches long (9 ft. 8
in.) – one inch for every year that Acme has been in business. The
brick also measures 39 inches tall and 39 inches wide.That makes
Clay nearly 3,000 times the size of a standard brick. (enlarge
The newborn was named Clay because he is comprised
of clay materials from each of Acme’s 23 brick plants around the
Acme President and CEO Dennis Knautz said, “We
think that the creation of Clay demonstrates exceptional expertise
among our brickmaking staff. This was a huge, unprecedented challenge
for them. It seems fitting that one of America’s oldest and the
world’s largest American–owned brick company should produce the
world’s largest brick to commemorate Acme’s 116 years in business.”
Baby Clay is Acme’s fifth attempt to create this
world record brick. The first four attempts, beginning in September
2004, were tremendous learning experiences for the determined brickmakers.
The crew made adjustments, and the fifth time
was the charm. Acme’s Denton plant required 13 months to create
Baby Clay compared to the normal time of a week for a normal brick.
“I think that the successful birth of Baby Clay also
says something about the traditional American values of hard work
and persistence as demonstrated by Harland Dixson (Acme’s plant
manager); Mack Wilcox, our project manager; and his crew," said
company president Knautz.
During October and November, Baby Clay has
been on tour, visiting Acme offices and plants in celebration of
the company’s 116th birthday. A special trailer was created to accommodate
the newborn in his travels. It is anticipated that Clay will be
making a number of “guest” appearances in other venues as well.